By Evelyn Affia-

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly will commence 2018 budget defense for Ministries, Departments and Agencies on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Assembly complex.

This was revealed in a press release signed by the clerk, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Unwana Idungafa on behalf of the committee chairman, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh. The reads;

“The 2018 budget defense by Ministries and Extra – Ministerial Department and MDAs commence on Wednesday, 20th at the Assembly complex.

“All the Chief Executives of the MDAs to appear before the committee are all expected to come with 15 copies of their 2018 budget proposal, documents on sources of revenue, actual amount generated in 2017 and expected revenue in 2018.

“The MDAs are also to attend the event with their capital implementation report from January to December, 2017 in a tabular form indicating releases made to the MDAs in 2017 as well as list of at least 5 projects undertaken by the MDAs for committee’s inspection and appraisal”.

The release further invites the state commissioner for Finance to come with a chart of revenue point in the state realized in 2017 and expected revenue point in 2018, urging that all concerned individuals and MDAs should adhere strictly to the directives to enhance smooth conduct of the exercise.

Meanwhile, the public hearing on 2018 Appropriation Bill that was earlier postponed is now scheduled to hold on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.